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Best outdoor activities in Paris in summer

Fun in the sun in Paris

Whether it's sailing down the Seine or basking in the sun at a music festival, the whole of Paris comes out to play during the summer. Visitors are spoilt for choice but we share our top spots for having fun in the sun in Paris.

Run your way around Parisian monuments

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All the rage in Paris, running tours have become the way to visit the city. Led by dynamic German expat and marathon master Léa Clara Hoffman, visitors learn about the city while keeping fit. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, the main itinerary rings around the city centre for a total of 11km. However, you don’t have to be a sporty type to join Léa as, surprisingly, the combination of learning while running actually takes your mind off physical exertion. Tours are in French, German or English. www.sightrunningparis.com

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A private VIP cruise on the Seine

A-Private-VIP-cruise-on-the-SeineYachts de Paris

Cruises of the Seine all promise the best views, but it’s not until you have tried Yachts de Paris that a sense of luxury really comes into its own. Eight individually-designed yachts cater for from two to 800 people. Guests can request everything from champagne cocktails served in Baccarat crystal glasses to a gourmet dinner set up on the deck while sailing past top landmarks. www.yachtsdeparis.fr

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Sunbathing on the Paris Riviera

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For a whole month, several spots along the city’s River Seine are turned into lively beaches (Hotel de Ville, La Villette, Voie Pompidou), while the banks of Bercy are laid out with deck chairs and makeshift eateries, and the Left Bank’s Berges de Seine that stretches from Orsay to Pont de l’Alma is a go-to urban haven for its gardens, activities, floating bars and restaurants. www.lesberges.paris.fr

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Villette Sonique

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Prized by an expert crowd of electronic music buffs, the week-long festival is sure to please any die-hard fan. Set up in the open air in La Villette park, concerts take place throughout the day at weekends and in the evenings during the week (dates to be confirmed at time of writing). Unlike star festivals Solidays and Rock en Seine, Villette Sonique tends to attract a crowd of all ages. Book tickets in advance. www.villettesonique.com